Four Plaintiffs Join Together in New Zimmer Hip Litigation
A lawsuit filed on February 7, 2012 in the Superior Court for the State of California joins the claims of four individuals alleging Zimmer hip replacement problems. California resident Sharon Hill, James E. Sanderson of Colorado, Matthew McCabe of Oregon, and Utah resident Cheryl Miller each were implanted with Zimmer’s VerSys artificial hip component, which is a fiber metal taper hip prosthesis.
Zimmer hip replacement problems spark lawsuit
The plaintiffs joined together instead of filing separate Zimmer hip implant lawsuits. The plaintiffs’ seven-count joint complaint alleges that each suffered extreme and permanently debilitating injuries due to Zimmer, Inc.’s metal-on-metal total hip replacement system.
In addition to requesting a jury trial, the plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages for their Zimmer hip replacement problems, which include past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of mobility, and diminished quality of life.
The plaintiffs allege that the defendant company knew about the risks of Zimmer hip replacement problems, and intentionally concealed that fact that the VerSys device was “extremely dangerous and unsafe for use by the general public.” They claim Zimmer was negligent in failing to warn them about the implant’s “dangerous characteristics.”
Zimmer hip implant lawsuits may increase
Hundreds of thousands of patients in the U.S. have received metal-on-metal hip implants. According to a New York Times report in 2011, metal-on-metal joint devices are implicated in what may be “the most widespread medical implant failure in decades.”
Plaintiffs who have filed Zimmer hip implant lawsuits have criticized the device maker for what they claim is fraudulent marketing of metal-on-metal devices. Plaintiffs in Zimmer litigation allege that the design of metal-on-metal devices is inherently defective, and that the risk of severe side effects is higher than with readily available alternatives.
Among the reported Zimmer hip replacement problems is the premature loosening of component parts, the shedding of metal debris (known as metallosis), and tissue and bone damage. Loose implants can cause significant pain and loss of mobility, and may require a painful and costly revision surgery to repair the damage.